Cloud enablement

Ipanema Prepares for the Cloud

Application management and WAN optimization specialist Ipanema Technologies has extended its portfolio of tools to include a software agent that can be installed on laptops for branch offices and nomadic users. (See Ipanema Launches Mobile Agent.)

The company says it's making the move in readiness for the use of cloud services by enterprise users, and by carriers that want to offer managed cloud services.

The new tool is called the Ipanema Mobile Agent, but only because it doesn't need to be housed in a server in a data center or headquarters -- not because it's targeted at application management for cellphone/mobile device users.

They key thing for Ipanema with this development is that it's taking the automated application-specific intelligence currently found in its Autonomic Network System (ANS) platform and spreading it broadly around a wide area network, expanding the number of end points that can be included in an Ipanema-managed WAN without having to locate new hardware in multiple places.

This makes it ideal for the introduction of cloud service usage within an enterprise -- the system is "designed for meshed and cloud-ready networks" but still retains "centralized and automated application management," no matter where the user might be (as long as they have an active "mobile agent").

"The introduction of cloud services is going to lead to the requirement for per-session, per-user management, which needs to be automated," notes Thierry Grenot, Ipanema's CTO. The mobile agent is optimized for the cloud service environment, because it means users are able to "terminate their application sessions at many different places instead of one centralized location."

The mobile agent is in beta stage at present, and is being trialled by a number of operators, says Grenot. "There's a lot of testing and trialling to be done. The telcos take a long time to make decisions."

He wouldn't say which carriers are putting the agent through its paces, but the French vendor has a number of carrier customers under its belt already, and is just starting to spread its wings beyond Europe with new operator customers and industry partners.

Why it matters
Ipanema has been banging the applications-aware wide area management drum for years, investing time and R&D into this particular area, and it's finally paying off, with an increasing impressive roster of carrier customers.

Now it's preparing, with some foresight, for the emergence of cloud service usage, and the management headaches that will give service providers looking to offer their enterprise customers a new suite of managed services.

The move makes sense, and also means it's not behind the curve compared with its key rivals, including Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Riverbed Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: RVBD). (See Cisco Turns Up the Apps Delivery Dial and Verizon Teams With Riverbed to Optimize Apps.)

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— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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